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  • Reginald Stacy sings from Florida to Nevada

    Ever since he can remember, Reginald Stacy has been making music. His mother, Barbara, says when he was an infant–no more than four or six months old, he was whistling and humming.
    It was only natural as he got older that those sounds evolved into words.
    “When I was in kindergarten,” Stacy, 35, of Bronson said, “I would sing into a box fan. That’s how I learned to perfect my pitch.”
    Those crude beginnings have paid off.
    Last month Stacy competed in Talent Quest Florida–a state karaoke competition.

  • Fire, EMS assessments may go up

    Levy County fire assessments would be more than doubled to $110 from $40 per residence and the emergency medical services assessment would rise from $78 to $119 per residence under preliminary resolutions unanimously adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.

  • Robinson resigns city council post

    In a surprise move 30 seconds before the city council meeting adjourned Tuesday night, President Jerry Robinson tendered  his resignation effective at 12:01 a.m. July 18.
    Robinson, a council member since April 2011 and president since December, read, “It is with a very heavy heart and after much prayer and consideration I have reached a decision for personal reasons, that  shall remain personal, to resign from the  Williston City Council effective 12:01 a.m.  July 18, 2012.”
    Robinson’s position is up for re-election in 2013.

  • Council president resigns
  • Dog kennel approved for Morriston

    A retired police officer and his fiancee have won approval to operate a dog kennel for up to 20 animals that will be used in a training operation for service, movie, tracking and law enforcement animals.
    Colby Gwyn-Williams and Jose Raul Hernandez are moving their operation from Key West to a 30-acre site on Southeast 215th Avenue — County Road 323 — in Morriston.

  • Agri-Business Team, FFA Alumni named best

    Forty-two members of the Williston FFA Chapters attended the 84th Annual State FFA Convention along with their advisors Chris Wilder, Ben Randolph and Natalie Couey.
    At the convention, held in Orlando, over 3,000 FFA members came to be  recognized for accomplishments, compete in state contest finals, and to elect new officers for the coming year.
      While there they participated in leadership workshops and the nine general sessions of the convention as well as the FFA Mega Party on Thusday night.

  • Oliver supporters march through Bronson

    About 30 people, shouting  slogans such as “self defense is no offense” and armed with protest signs and banners, marched Saturday from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office to the county courthouse in support of a Bronson man they say was treated unfairly by law enforcement because of the color of his skin.
    “We’re here because a black person stood up and resisted,” said African People’s Socialist Party Committee Member Penny Hess from the steps of the courthouse.

  • Two chances to hear candidates

    Levy voters will have two opportunities this weekend to listen to local candidates make a pitch for their support.
    Friday, July 13 candidates will be at the Bronson Speedway. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the rally starts at 7 p.m.
    Call 213- 2088 for more information.
    Saturday,  July 14, AARP  Chapter 912 will sponsor a forum at the Williston Community Center beginning at 9 a.m. Voter registration will also take place throughout the morning.

  • Getting back to the basics of life

    Things are tough all over. Property values have declined while gasoline prices have risen. Unemployment is high and morale is low.
    And while it may seem like dark days ahead, a group of people in the Morriston community are searching for rays of sunshine by leaning on one another.
    In May Cindy Johnson was casually chatting with some friends about the surplus of eggs she had from her chickens. Before long, she discovered that her excess was someone else’s necessity and the idea to create a network of neighbor helping neighbor started envolving.

  • Williston Police investigate three crimes

    The investigation of three crimes that occurred in the early hours July 4 got a break Monday.
    A box truck that was taken from Maguire’s Auto Repair was found in Hialeah, according to the Williston Police Department.
    Police Chief Dennis Strow said Cpl. Fred Morris, while on routine patrol, saw a U-Haul behind Lane’s Yardware on East Noble Avenue.
    Upon closer inspection, Morris discovered the business had been burglarized and several thousand dollars worth of yard tools had been taken.